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UPenn Study Reveals New Contributor to Colon Cancer

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

According to a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, one specific contributor to colon cancer may be a protein called MSI2.

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TJU Researchers Team Up with NIH on $9.8M MRSA Collaboration

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Imagine finally getting a knee replacement after dealing with years of crippling pain, only to develop a staph, or MRSA, infection at the surgery site. Not only is the pain still present, perhaps even worse, but rest of the body’s health is now at risk as well.

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Philadelphia Researchers Uncover 3,400 New miRNA Locations in the Human Genome

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

MicroRNA (miRNA) play an important role in controlling different processes that occur in cells through gene regulation. These small molecules are able to regulate many cellular processes by reducing target amounts in the cells. There are more than 1,900 locations in the human genome that are known to produce these miRNA molecules.

Bioresearchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia recently uncovered 3,400 new locations in the human genome that also produce miRNA molecules, offering up more options for further research into the relationship between miRNA and disease. 

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Pitt Researchers to Lead $14M Back Pain Study

Posted by Robert Larkin on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Over 31 million Americans currently suffering from back pain can rest easy knowing that Pitt researchers are shouldering a new effort to study the condition - thanks to grants from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

According to a university press release, the University of Pittsburgh will lead a 5-year, $14 million clinical trial to study intervention and early treatment options for back pain.

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UPenn Researchers Study Cellular Therapy for Brain Cancer

Posted by Robert Larkin on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research have discovered a potential new method for treating brain cancer using specially engineered immune cells.

According to a university press release, personalized immune cells were engineered by UPenn scientists in order to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer, and were found to be both safe and effective at controlling tumor growth in mice that were treated with these modified cells.

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TJU Researchers Repurpose HIV Drug for Prostate Cancer

Posted by Robert Larkin on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University may have found the ticket to helping men fight prostate cancer more efficiently and over a longer period of time. While prostate cancer is usually treatable in its early stages, men affected with cancer that has metastasized into their bones have a greatly reduced chance of fighting the deadly disease.

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UPenn Bioresearchers Discover Possible New Anesthetics

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Researchers at Penn Medicine have gone through some great pains to find the first potential new class of novel anesthetics since the 1970s. Starting with a pool of over 350,000 compounds, they have isolated two compounds with the potential to be developed into new, safer general anesthetics.

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Thomas Jefferson University Receives $110 Million Gift To Enhance Medical School

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Jan 02, 2015

Earlier this year, the Thomas Jefferson University Medical School received a remarkable donation of $110 million dollars. This donation, from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation, renamed the medical school to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and will help enrich the school's facilities, students, faculty, and research. 

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New Preemie Research Center To Open At UPenn

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Dec 03, 2014

Premature birth, babies born before 37 weeks, can cause serious health problems for the half a million babies born early every year in the U.S. Health risks for premature babies include cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, vision and breathing problems, and hearing impairment. There are many different factors that can lead to preterm birth, but most of these factors are poorly understood. Further research is clearly needed to help better understand the causes of premature birth to lead to preventative methods. The March of Dimes Foundation of Philadelphia recently announced that it will donate $10 million over five years to establish a new Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. (Picture on right courtesy of Jennifer  of Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.)

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$10M Science Research Grant Awarded to University of Pittsburgh

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Fri, May 16, 2014

Research lab scientists at the University of Pittsburgh recently received $10 million in research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for studies focused on schizophrenia. The five-year science research grant will be used to establish the Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research within the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

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